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Title: Dismembering and remembering bodies : representation of rape in early Jacobean England
Author: Kometani, Ikuko
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2005
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Abstract:
I shall argue that rape, sexual threat and sexual violence in the early Jacobean drama fascinate the playwrights not only because they are the psychologically and socially interesting phenomena which break boundaries such as those between male and female, life and death, rape and marriage, the private and the public, but because the dynamic of sexual violence and its repetitive enaction on stage provide a complex analogy to theatrical performance and language, together with response in a culture that tends to conceive of theatrical experience in erotic terms, and of certain sexual impulses as highly theatrical in character. Both rape and theatrical discourse violate the "natural" socio-political, and gender hierarchy. Theatrical enactment, I shall argue, is a particularly appropriate way of depicting rape as a violent and emotional event, and conversely, rape attracts dramatists because it provides a way of reflecting upon some of the more troubling aspects of the relationship between the beholder and the beheld. The following dramatic works will be examined: Thomas Middleton's The Revengers Tragedy, The Maiden's Tragedy, Thomas Heywood's The Rape of Lucrece, John Fletcher's The Tragedy of Bonduca, The Tragedy of Valentinian, and The Queen of Corinth.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.556459  DOI: Not available
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